Liverpool Rock Lives On With Dead 60s' Reggae-Flavored 'Riot'

Band will tour with the Bravery, play Lollapallooza and the Warped Tour.

IRVINE, California — It turns out the Kaiser Chiefs forecasted correctly with their single "I Predict a Riot." A few months later, there is a riot — and it's conveniently on the radio.

Fellow British band the Dead 60s are now scoring a Stateside hit of their own with the single "Riot Radio." (They swear it was released before "I Predict a Riot" in England.)

"It's about a radio phone-in show we've got in Liverpool," bassist Charlie Turner said at the recent KROQ Weenie Roast, the Dead 60s' first U.S. festival. "People can ring up with their problems, but we kind of found it funny. And people do prank phone calls on this guy, and that was the inspiration for it."

"Riot Radio," a red-hot single on KROQ-FM and other modern-rock stations, recalls Bloc Party's "Banquet," and although there are similarities to that British dance-rock band and others, the Dead 60s' self-titled debut (released Tuesday) is more of a unique, reggae-influenced collection than those put out by their current radio peers.

"We got into punk music when we were younger and retraced the steps of what the bands we liked listened to and we got into dub and reggae, all the Studio One stuff," organist/guitarist Ben Gordon explained, referring to a popular dub label.

The Dead 60s, which also include singer/guitarist Matt McManamon and drummer Bryan Johnson, met in high school, but only formed as a band two years ago. The group's name is a reference to the fact that its hometown of Liverpool is best known for the Beatles and other '60s rock — but that era is dead, and it's time to look to the future.

As for the Dead 60s' future, that entails a July tour with the Bravery (they just wrapped a trek with Garbage), Lollapalooza at the end of July and several Vans Warped Tour dates on the East Coast in August.

The band is also preparing for the release of their second single, "Loaded Gun."

"That tune is about a situation that you can't get out of," McManamon said. "It's an upbeat tune, kinda disco-y, not too dissimilar to 'Riot Radio,' just an upbeat tune to get you dancing."

The Dead 60s just shot the video in Brooklyn, New York, and promise some cool camera effects having to do with the bandmembers walking over a car.

As for the coincidence with the Kaiser Chiefs' "Riot" song, the Dead 60s are just glad to see so many British bands finding success in America.

"It's like a generation skip," Turner said. "We were the generation that picked up guitars when Nirvana and Oasis were big in the U.K. . And now we're a bit older and we've started our own bands and we're getting good."

The Dead 60s tour dates, according to Epic Records:

  • 7/13 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (with the Bravery)

  • 7/14 - Boston, MA @ Roxy (with the Bravery)

  • 7/15 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (with the Bravery)

  • 7/18 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room (with the Bravery)

  • 7/19 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre (with the Bravery)

  • 7/23 - Chicago, IL @ Grant Park (Lollapalooza)

  • 7/24 - St. Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights (with the Bravery)

  • 7/25 - Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre (with the Bravery)

  • 7/26 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre (with the Bravery)

  • 8/8 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour)

  • 8/9 - Virginia Beach, VA @Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour)

  • 8/10 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion (Vans Warped Tour)

  • 8/11 - Scranton, PA @ Montage Mountain (Vans Warped Tour)

  • 8/12 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter at Waterfront Center (Vans Warped Tour)

  • 8/13 - New York, NY @ Randalls Island (Vans Warped Tour)

  • 8/14 - Old Bridge, NJ @ Englishtown Raceway Park (Vans Warped Tour)

  • 8/15 - Northampton, MA @ Three County Fairgrounds (Vans Warped Tour)